Once considered an aphrodisiac (hence it’s name) Used to protect clothes from moths. Up until the 1800’s a bunch of Southernwood & Rue was placed next to the prisoner in the dock as a preventative of contagion of ‘jail fever’. Employed in nosegays by court room & jail officials for this purpose. Once used as a powder mixed with treacle to treat worms in children. Used in aromatic baths & poultices for skin conditions. Stems yield a yellow dye.